Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and Nicole Pantenburg finalize their divorce after calling it quits in 2021

Kenny Edmonds, better known to fans as Babyface, and his now-former wife Nicole Pantenburg have finalized their divorce.

Edmonds, 64, and Patenburg, 50, called it quits in 2021, after just over seven years of marriage.

The duo were also granted joint custody of their 14-year-old daughter Peyton Nicole, as per documents obtained by People.

‘In exercising joint legal custody, the parties shall equally share in the responsibility and the right to make decisions concerning Peyton’s health, education and welfare and shall discuss and make good faith efforts to mutually agree, and shall agree or obtain a prior court order in the event they are unable to agree, upon such matters,’ the documents read.

The two also agreed on child and spousal support. Edmonds will pay Pantenburg $37,500 monthly until 2027. The payments will begin when he ‘vacates the former family residence.’

The singer has happily moved on, and over the weekend he and his girlfriend Rika Tischendorf made their red-carpet debut as a couple during the 2023 Grammys in Los Angeles.

Rika looked incredible in a form-sitting silver sequin gown and matching clutch, with her blonde tresses cascading down in waves.

Meanwhile the musician rocked a shimmery black jacket that was halfway unzipped, along with a cuban chain and black shades.

Edmonds and Patenburg announced their split in July of 2021 with a joint statement, where they made sure to point out their mutual respect for one another and that their top priority is their daughter.

‘After much thought and with great sadness, we have decided to end our marriage. We continue to care and have respect for one another and share eternal love for our daughter and her well-being,’ they wrote in a statement.

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They ended the statement, issued to The Blast, by asking for ‘personal privacy for ourselves and our daughter as we navigate these new steps as a family.’

Babyface also listed his luxury five-bedroom estate on the market shortly after splitting from Pantenburg.

Babyface first started dating Pantenburg when she was one of his backup dancers in 2007. The California native has also been a personal friend and backup dancer to pop superstar Janet Jackson.

The pair ended up getting married in 2007 and welcomed their daughter to the world the following year.

The Edmonds’ wedding ceremony was a lavish event that included such famous guests as Oprah Winfrey and singer-songwriter Carole B. Sager.

Babyface (born Kenneth Brian Edmonds) was previously married to Tracey Edmonds (born Tracey Elaine McQuarn) for 13-years, from 1992 to 2005, and they share two sons, Brandon and Dylan.

When the television producer and personality filed for divorce with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, she cited ‘irreconcilable differences’.

Dubbed ‘Babyface’ because of his youthful looks in his early years by Parliament-Funkadelic legend Bootsy Collins, the Indiana native has written and produced over 26 number one R&B hits and has won 12 Grammy Awards during his career.

Some of the high-profile artists his has worked with over the years include Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Patti LaBelle, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Toni Braxton, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne, Céline Dion, Faith Evans, Sheena Easton, and many others.

In 2013, Babyface produced most of the songs for Ariana Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly, including the second single, Baby I.

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His last studio album, Girls Night Out, was released in October of 2021, and is his ninth solo album.

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